Saying thanks to our summer interns
Alaska Children’s Trust was fortunate to benefit from the skills and efforts of two talented summer interns: Aqpaluk Elizabeth G. Ahkivgak and Ethan King.
Elizabeth was born in Anchorage and raised in Barrow. She is attending Penn State University, where she is working toward degrees in accounting and energy and sustainability policy. After graduating, she will consider becoming a tax-focused CPA or applying to law school. “I want to use these kinds of technical skills to serve communities through funneling resources to marginalized people. My dream job would allow me to give back to the communities that collectively raised me through public programs. I want to be a tool for good causes,” Elizabeth says.
“Working for Alaska Children’s Trust this summer has been such a cathartic experience,” Elizabeth shares. “They and nonprofits alike are leading the way in diversity and inclusion. I was able to see how their nonprofit network cooperates to alleviate overhead administrative expenses; I found this to be resourceful. I appreciated the insight Alaska Children’s Trust illustrated on the transfer of public funds and how their grant streams truly serve children directly through community resources that combat child abuse and neglect. They connected me with other nonprofit directors for grant writing mentorship, supported my passion for volunteering, and encouraged me every day!”
In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys hiking, camping, fishing, box gardening, skiing, painting, beading, speaking Inupiaq, writing, and volunteering in the community.
Ethan was born and raised in Anchorage, and is currently a student at West High School. “I am looking forward to going to college in a couple years,” he says. “I would like to study abroad at some point, and find a profession that allows me to use my imagination as well as what I learn in school.”
“The thing I most enjoyed most during my time at Alaska Children’s Trust was working with and learning from the wonderful staff. It was truly a pleasure,” Ethan shares. “There was so much I learned over the last month. I learned a lot about operating in an office environment. I also learned how to use Excel and methods for archiving. If I had to pick one thing that really stood out to me, it would be the ways a nonprofit can really have a profound impact through targeted grants.”
Among Ethan’s interests are cross country skiing, hiking, computer games, and travel.